Whether you are working from home or just locked up indoors away from your family, the lines between weekdays and weekend are now blurred. As the lockdown in India stands extended, people are bound to experience low-key amnesia – losing track of time and what day it is. What day is it, by the way?
But it is important to stay grounded and focused, to the best of our abilities, and the most optimal way of maximising on the situation created by the outbreak of Coronavrius and the Covid-19 induced home quarantine, is to keep yourself engaged, notwithstanding the protocol of maintaining social distance.
If you find your mojo dwindling with every passing week, celebs show you how it’s done.
Kubbra Sait, actor
These days, host, model and actor of Sacred Games fame, Kubbra Sait feels like she has more time at hand. “That’s the good thing, because normally once the week is over you feel like, ‘Aww! It’s the weekend. Now, I won’t get anything done.’ But during this lockdown, it has been easier to pick up things from where I left off, irrespective of what day it is,” she shares, adding that she has stopped looking at the calendar. For Sait, the primary difference between a weekday and weekends is that, in the latter she takes a break from her yoga routine.
Kubbra suggests: Make a big batch of gajar ka halwa. Last Saturday, I made halwa using 1 kg carrots and enjoyed the treat till Monday. Plus, gajar ka halwa needs to be slow-cooked, and there’s no better time for that.
Dino Morea, actor
In order to maintain the difference between weekdays and the weekend, actor and model Dino Morea follows a strict routine. While he wakes up early from Monday through Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, for Morea, are set aside for sleeping in, binge eating and catching up with friends. “On a regular weekday, I wake up early at 7 am, finish my workout and other chores and then, take a break around 10 am. After that, I check up on what’s being cooked and see if any provisions need to be sourced and then, I spend my afternoons reading scripts and watching stuff,” he shares.
Dino suggests: You check out The Last Dance, a sports documentary mini-series on the Chicago Bulls available on Netflix. “The series sheds light on the life of Michael Jordan and he’s the reason I got into basketball. It’s a wonderful documentary and I heavily recommend it,” he adds.
Kelvin Cheung, celebrity chef
For anyone who follows Kelvin Cheung on social media, it is obvious that the celeb chef is having tons of fun participating in zany TikTok challenges with his wife or whipping up delish dishes with a little help from his uber cute toddler, Bodhi. “Coming from a parent point of view, I think now is the best time to create toys or activities from what you have at home instead of jumping online to buy something. It's a win-win for you, your child, and the planet,” Cheung suggests. Recently the chef used coloured foam and basil seeds to make slime. “Last week, we repurposed an egg carton into medium for finger painting and then, into a caterpillar with cotton swabs for ears to go along with Bodhi's favourite book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This weekend we plan to repurpose toilet paper rolls that we were using as pins for bowling into a ball drop on the wall of sorts. Haven’t figured that one out just yet, but we have the entire weekend to do that,” he shares.
Kelvin suggests: Do not watch Tiger King on Netflix. Instead, participate in a couple of TikTok challenges or engage your family in game night on Zoom app
Sorabh Pant, comedian
“As a content creator, there’s so much stuff to do right now because there are a lot of opportunities for staying relevant online under the current circumstances. Plus, I am a parent. So, honestly, me and my wife have never been busier. At the beginning of the quarantine, I thought I’d do 50 push-ups a day. But so far, I have only been able to do that on six day,” the comedian laments. Having said that, Pant is trying to remain focused and using the little free time he has to catch up on reading.
Sorabh suggests: Reading, because it helps one stay sane. I recently finished reading a book called Who Is Michael Ovitz? It’s very interesting if you’re into entertainment. I also read a book on Flipkart, which is relevant at time like this when there are no delivery slots available. And I read a Haruki Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun, which is great fun.
Tanuj Garg, film producer
“There is nothing known as weekday and weekend anymore. We're all in an involuntary weekend mode,” jokes film producer associated with hits like Lootera and Tumhari Sullu, Tanju Garg. “I'm fed up considering I'm far from being a home bird, otherwise. I spend my time reviewing work mails, doing zoom calls with work colleagues, watching shows on OTT and reading new scripts. I'm also eyeing people turning into cooks on Instagram and whipping up some goodies. Sadly, my mom isn't the best cook, by her own admission,” he quips.
Tanuj suggests: You bingewatch the third season of Fauda and the second season of Four More Shots Please.
Urmi Kothari, fitness coach
Unlike most others, for popular fitness coach, Urmi Kothari, the lockdown period is proving to be an unusually busy time, what with a plethora of live Instagram sessions and other deliverables in her kitty. “Even before quarantine started, there was not much distinction between my weekdays and weekends, considering I work from home. But the lockdown for sure has blurred the lines further. Having said that, I try and finish my work in the first half of the day, which included things like, online fitness sessions,” Kothari shares. On the days that the fitness coach is free, she spends her time reading and has taken up cooking with a new gusto. “I am trying different recipes, which are very easy to make and have less than 5 ingredients. I am also listening to a lot of music,” she adds.
Urmi suggests: Try your hand at zentangle art because it really brings out your creativity. It’s a great way to spend alone time. It’s perfect during Covid-19 because it helps you look at life in a new way, considering the philosophy behind zentangle is that there are no mistakes, only opportunities.
If these amazing suggestions are not enough for you, take cues from these celebs.
- Actor Gul Panag is hosting an Instagram live series called Cool Tech featuring a killer line-up comprising industry greats such as A.R Rahman, Nimrat Kaur, Guneet Monga, Tapsee Pannu and Vidya Vox.
- Gossip columnist, Shobhaa De has put together an IGTV series on her Instagram handle called #lockdownchronicleswithshobhaade
- Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit Nene has started free dance classes online at https://www.dancewithmadhuri.com/ encouraging everyone to #LearnAMove
Images: Kubbra Sait, Dino Morea, Kelvin Cheung, Sorabh Pant, Tanuj Garg and Urmi Kothari